T-Mobile Boosts HSPA+ Coverage, Talks Network Suppliers
T-Mobile USA recently announced a new expansion of its HSPA+ 42Mbps network. The new markets gaining faster network speeds include Little Rock, Ark.; Springfield Mo.; Hattiesburg, Miss., and Madison, Wis. Together with its existing base, T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ now covers 220 million people in 229 markets. In addition to its network expansion, T-Mobile also announced that it has selected Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks to supply it with wireless networking gear as it builds out its 4G networks. The two networking companies will provide and install 37,000 3GPP2 Release 10-compatible cell sites around the country. T-Mobile noted that it expects to be able to offer 3G services on it 1900MHJz spectrum before the end of the year. It is in the process of refarming its spectrum and will move 3G services from 1700MHz to 1900Mhz in order to open the 1700MHz spectrum up for its planned LTE network. It expects to launch LTE in 2013.
T-Mobile Says It Will Start Using 600 MHz Spectrum This Year
"T-Mobile now has the largest swath of unused low-band spectrum in the country," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the company's 600 MHz auction winnings. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC.
T-Mobile Cutting HSPA+ from Its AWS Spectrum
T-Mobile is more aggressively transitioning its HSPA+/UMTS service from its 1700 MHz AWS-1 spectrum to its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum. Moving HSPA+ service to 1900 MHz clears up more room in the 1700 MHz band for LTE.
Sprint Says It Will Offer Nationwide 5G By Mid-2019
Sprint will use its 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings to provide the backbone for its planned 5G network, which is on deck to go live during the first half of 2019. The company is already hard at work on what it calls its Next-Gen Network.
AT&T Finally Using WCS Spectrum for LTE; Will Test LTE-U
AT&T has begun deploying LTE on its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum in a handful of markets around the country. Earlier this year, AT&T said it would begin the deployment by summer, and it is just meeting that commitment.